BBC rapped over 'racial' Jeremy Clarkson comment

The BBC's Top Gear has been ruled to have breached Ofcom's broadcasting rules over a "racial" term used by Jeremy Clarkson.

Jeremy Clarkson was recently given a Credit: James Moy Photography

The ruling by Ofcom involved a scene in which the presenters were involved in the construction of a makeshift bridge over the River Kwai during a special episode filmed in Burma.

Viewers were shown an Asian man walking on the bamboo crossing while Clarkson declared: "That is a proud moment - but there is a slope on it."

Two viewers were concerned that using the word "slope" when watching an Asian man walk over - sometimes used as a derogatory word for people of Asian descent - was an offensive racist term.

Jeremy Clarkson used the word 'slope' to refer both to an Asian man crossing a bridge, and the incline of the bridge. This was scripted in advance. The BBC failed to take the opportunity, either during filming or post-production, to check whether the word had the potential to offend viewers.

– Ofcom

The ruling comes just three months after Clarkson apologised and was given a "final warning" by the BBC after an unaired clip appearing to show him mumbling the 'n-word' emerged.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We dealt with this matter some time ago, the programme apologised at the time and explained the context, and we are now focussing on delivering another series of one of Britain's best loved shows."